Oren Hershkovitz, PhD
Oren Hershkovitz is currently the General Manager of OPKO Biologics, leading R&D activities with a focus on development of manufacturing processes and CMC. Dr. Hershkovitz served as VP of R&D since 2013, after serving as a Senior Director, and has been leading R&D and CMC activities at OPKO Biologics since 2008. Dr. Hershkovitz holds a BA summa cum laude in Biotechnology Engineering from Ben-Gurion University. He was awarded a PhD in Immunology summa cum laude from Ben-Gurion University. Dr. Hershkovitz is the author of many scientific papers and patents, and has broad experience in process development for chemical and biological products, CMO management, and drug development, from initial proof-of-concept studies to global clinical studies.
Laura Moschcovich, PhD
Vice President, CMC Operations
Dr. Laura Moschcovich joined OPKO Biologics (formerly Prolor Biotech) in 2007 as the Head of Downstream Development, leading the development of the purification process of MOD-4023 (CTP-growth hormone). In 2012 she became Project Manager responsible for overseeing three different projects in collaboration with different CMOs, taking the responsibility of the technology transfer of the processes developed at OPKO Biologics from development to production. Currently, she is leading the CMC activities as Vice President, CMC Operations. Previously, Dr. Moschcovich worked at Target-In Ltd., an Israeli startup company in a partnership with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as Head of Downstream Development where she was responsible for the development of the purification process of an innovative product. Dr. Moschcovich completed a post-doctoral fellowship and received her PhD in Biochemistry from Tel Aviv University.
Yifat Philip, LLB, MBA
Vice President, Legal Affairs and Human Resources
Yifat Philip joined OPKO Biologics in 2013 and leads the company’s legal department. In addition, she is a member of the management team and responsible for the HR field in the company. Yifat has been practicing law for more than 15 years, with previous experience in leading law firms on international biotech transactions, as well as in the Israel Securities Authorities, the Department of Economics and Fiscal Law of the State Attorney, Israel. Yifat is a member of the Israel Bar Association. She holds an LLB cum laude and Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Haifa University; Master cum laude in Law and Economics from Erasmus University in the Netherlands in collaboration with Berkeley University, USA; and an MBA from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Israel. Yifat also serves as a member of the board of directors of the Israeli Association of Corporate Counsels.
Ahuva Bar-Ilan, PhD
Senior Director, Pre-Clinical and Clinicial Pharmacology
Ahuva Bar-Ilan joined OPKO Biologics (formely ModigeneTech and Prolor Biotech) in December 2006 as a senior scientist in the R&D department. Since 2012, she was an Associate Director at Prolor Biotech and was responsible for the development of immunogenicity and bio-analytical methods. Currently, she is a Director at OPKO’s pre-clinical department and is responsible for methods validation, toxicological and pharmacological activities. Prior to joining Modigentech, she was a senior scientist at NatSpears. Dr. Bar-Ilan completed her PhD in the Biochemistry and Microbiology department at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.
Sagit Pinto-Finkel, CPA MBA
Director of Clinical Finance
Sagit Pinto-Finkel joined OPKO Biologics in 2014. In 2015, she became the Director of Clinical Finance, and is responsible for all financial aspects of the clinical department.
Sagit has over 20 years of progressive experience in finance and business positions in pharma, high-tech and communications companies including multinational, private, and publically traded corporations.
Sagit is a CPA, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Accounting from The Hebrew University, Jerusalem and an MBA, with a major in Finance (Cum Laude) from Tel Aviv University.
Nirdit Grinberg, CPA
Director of Finance
Nirdit Grinberg joined OPKO Biologics in September 2015 and leads the Finance and Accounting team, with almost 15 years, Nirdit is responsible for the overall financial aspects of the company, both for staying on top of existing company finances as well as projecting and directing the company toward its ultimate financial goals. Nirdit’s overarching role is to make the company as financially successful and profitable as possible.
Prior to joining OPKO, Nirdit was a Director of Finance and Controller for FIS Israel (Formerly: SunGard Israel, Ltd.), a global American mid-sized software company for more than 5 years. Prior to her work at SunGard Israel, Nirdit served as a Divisional Controller at Orbotech Ltd, and as a Senior Auditor at E&Y, reporting directly to the Hi-Tech team’s partner, Nirdit holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Economics from Ben-Gurion University and certified as a CPA in Israel.
Guy Ben-Bashat, MA
Director of Clinical Affairs
Guy joined Opko Biologics in 2015 and is extensively involved with the company products development programs. Guy is responsible for co-leading and planning the infrastructure supporting and executing the global clinical research activities of Opko Biologics, conducted in more than 40 countries worldwide and hundreds of investigational sites. Prior to joining Opko Biologics Guy was responsible for clinical innovative projects in Dexcel Pharma Ltd. the second largest pharmaceutical company in Israel. Guy has over 15 years of clinical research and clinical development experience in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Guy is a licensed Psychologist and a Neuropsychologist by training and holds a Master Degree (Cum Laude) in Neuropsychology from Ben-Gurion University.